Colossians 3:20 (GW)
20 Children, always obey your parents. This is pleasing to the Lord.
“O-B-E-Y Obey your mom and dad!
O-B-E-Y It really makes them glad!”
So goes a chorus of a children’s song. As a parent, I can tell you that when my children willingly and gladly carry out my instructions, it does make me happy.
God, as our heavenly Father, also is pleased when we willingly and gladly carry out His instructions.
Obedience is not a lock step drudgery but rather is meant to be a joyful opportunity of making our parents, and our heavenly Father pleased. When viewed in that light, why wouldn’t we want to obey?
I visit my dad quite regularly in the nursing home. While there, I see many older people who have no family. Their faces light up when I offer to help them. Sometimes I just crouch down by their wheelchairs and look into their eyes as I listen to them. They smile and thank me for taking the time to care. I don’t find this drudgery but rather I derive much joy in seeing their happiness.
This is what our memory verse is talking about. This kind of obedience produces a three-fold joy. It produces joy in our parents (or other authority figures) by our glad obedience. It pleases God when we obey this way. And finally, it produces joy in our hearts as we see the joy in the faces of others and know that God is pleased.
O-B-E-Y and experience joy!
P.S. What would you add to the benefits of obeying?